Finnair AY9 JFK - HEL

We have flown this leg previously from JFK in New York to Helsinki in Finland the last time was in summer and economy class this time in winter and in business class. The aircraft this time once again was an Airbus A330 and the internal fit out was older style by today's standard. Inflight service was fine these seats are not as comfortable as the newer lay flat herringbone layout in newer Finnair A350 aircraft. Departure time was 7:05PM arriving just after 10:00AM the following day.

American Airlines Flagship Lounge T4 LAX

Even though our arrival flight QF17 was late, and the as expected immigration lines at LAX were long and slow, we had allowed plenty of time to make our way from Tom Bradley International across to Terminal 4 for our connecting flight AA28 to JFK. Once clearing security at Terminal 4 the American Airlines lounges entry are on the right just after the first gate. On presentation of our boarding passes we were handed black Flagship access cards and told to make our way to the next level and use the door on the left which is the Flagship lounge.

Qantas QF17 Sydney to Los Angeles

When initially booking Qantas flight QF17 SYD-LAX as a segment of multiple flights the operating aircraft A380 seating configuration was the same original layout configuration in place since Qantas first started flying A380 Airbus. Qantas started upgrading business class seating to "The Business" style as is now installed in all Qantas A330 and all B787 aircraft midway through 2019.

Qantas QF4 Honolulu to Sydney

Our return flight from Honolulu to Sydney was on a Qantas 747 and we had seats on the upper deck again. This is a daytime flight leaving Honolulu in the morning and arriving in Sydney the following afternoon. The aircraft next to ours at the gate in Honolulu was a Korean 747-800 a model which is not a common sight!

Inflight service was great all we had to do on arrival back in Sydney was make it to our hotel and sleep!

Apartment in Downtown Honolulu with Parking

We booked a Spacious Hotel/Apartment in Downtown Honolulu with Parking for 5 nights. We liked the location and found it suited us better than Waikiki. There is a good range of restaurants and stores close by. The apartment we booked via airBNB is on a high level and well appointed. The kitchen was a little greasy on some surfaces and plugin deodorisers were overpowering but once we unplugged these and stored them in a cupboard the odor dissipated.

This apartment was a good choice for our needs in Honolulu.

Hawaiian Airlines HA265 Maui Kahului to Oahu Honolulu

Maui - Kahului, HI (OGG) to Oahu - Honolulu, HI (HNL) • Flight HA 265 • First • 717
Depart 1:07p Arrival 1:50p (TERMINAL 1) Duration 43m
As with our flight down to Maui from Honolulu the aircraft was a Boeing 717. this is a short flight. Kahului airport although small has shops and a food court, we gave the Hawaiian lounge a miss.

It appeared our departure may have interrupted someones game of golf.

Maui Schooner Resort

We had 5 nights stay at the Maui Schooner Resort in a 1 bedroom condo. The condo was well appointed as is the resort. the room had air conditioning, a full kitchen with a balcony, living room, laundry, bathroom and good sized bedroom. Parking was plentiful during our stay and the beach a short walk. Only one negative our room located on the ground floor with the bedroom backing onto the walkway at the back of reception so a lot of loud talking people seemed to pass by and occasionally linger from time to time.